Thursday, 28 May 2009

Canada Bay monument

This monument in Concord honours a historic link between Australia and Canada. Following the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837 to 1838, two Irish and 56 French Canadian rebels were deported to Australia and imprisoned at the Longbottom Stockade. The area around here bears a reminder of this history with the names Canada Bay, France Bay and Exile Bay.

7 comments:

  1. Huh? Really? Why to Australia? And what and where was the Longbottom Stockade? Me hungry for more information ....

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  2. I guess Australia was still a penal colony then, so any of the British colonies could send their convicts here.

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  3. Some lovely scenes there and I always learn something when I come here.

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  4. That's quite the connection between Canada and Australia! I guess sending the Canadians so far away practically ensured they'd not return too quickly!

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  5. I guess Australia was still a penal colony then, so any of the British colonies could send their convicts here.

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  6. Julie, in the early days of Captain Thomas Cook claimed on this continent island, the prison cell in England was overcrowded with prisoners. So it was decided that those prisoners were to be taken down to build Australia which to the British was a "backwater" country.

    It was the convicts' hard toil that the remnants of Australian relics, English history and traditions, the heritage buildings and all ... not to mention the Celtics spirits are still with us today.

    Thanks to those convicts ... in returned after they became free ... they were allowed to claim and own acres after acres of property.

    Imagine .... just imagine ...why and how Australia became an extended portion of the United Kingdom.

    So much more Julie ...it's an interesting piece of history. Just google more information. You'll be amazed! Because I do!

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